Muhammadu Buhari GCFR (born 17 December 1942) is the President of Nigeria, in office since 2015. He is a retired major general in the Nigerian Army and previously served as the nation’s head of state from 31 December 1983 to 27 August 1985, after taking power in a military coup d’état.
Since president Buhari attained the presidency seat, many Nigerians have reacted differently to his tenure. As a matter of fact, many people believed he has failed while many still believe in him. While speaking with one of the government officials, it was confirmed that the agriculture sector has improved greatly in solving part problems of hunger in the country:
“We are happy that rice and beans importation into the country have gone down by 90 per cent, and visibly everyone can see how productive states like Kebbi have turned out to be and states like Lagos, Ogun and Ebonyi are following the exampe. He said Kaduna, Katsina and Sokoto states had already reported remarkable turnaround in the agricultural sector, with more youths taking interest in entrepreneurship.”
To mention a few, reports confirmed that the Naira stabilised against the dollar, after the Central Bank introduced a new forex window for Investors and Exporters. The stability has attracted billions of dollars in portfolio investments since April 2017. On the back of a stable Naira and increased investment inflows, Nigeria’s stock market emerged one of the best-performing in the world, delivering returns in excess of 40 percent.
Nigerians are hesitating to accept him for a second term. Speaking with Alade Temitope, a student of University of Lagos, he insisted that the president shouldn’t bother to contest for the forth coming election as he may end up losing due to his failure.
Contrary to this, Ngozi Etuk, a banker explained that she will vote for Buhari over and over again:
“I didn’t vote for Buhari in 2015, but I will surely vote for him in the coming election. The man has been able to tackle curruption. No president has never done that. I will vote over and over again for him.”
In support, another Nigerian, Joshua Igodalu explained that he has enjoyed power supply more during the Buhari tenure:
The Federal Government launched a 701 billion Naira Intervention Fund (‘Payment Assurance Programme’) aimed at supporting power generation companies to meet their payment obligations to gas and equipment suppliers, banks and other partners. The impact is being felt, the amount of power being distributed is now currently steady at around 4,000MW – higher than previously recorded.
Nigerians have mixed feelings with the present president’s delivery of service. Many feel he is on track, some feel he is way too backward. However, the country experienced hardship at some point where he was really dishing out his duties but at present, things are getting really better.
Recently, a graduate of the Nigerian Law School from the University of Ilorin named Amasa Firdaus was not called to the Nigerian bar by the Body of Benchers on the 12th day of December, 2017 being the day of her call. Nigerians react with mixed feelings to the incident.
Reports confirmed that a post on an Instagram page of Amasa Firdaus who is a Muslim refused to remove her Hijab before entering the International Conference Centre where the call to Bar ceremony is usually held. She insisted that her hijab much be on her head as she wears the law wig which was drastically objected.
It was also confirmed that before the ceremonies were to begin, all Muslims were respectfully asked to remove their hijabs prior to entering the hall. This request was complied with by all the Muslims present except Amasa Firdaus who vehemently refused to remove hers.
In reaction to this, a body of lawyers association claimed that the refusal of the body of benchers to call her to the Nigerian Bar is a violation of her right to freedom of religion protected by Section 38 of the 1999 Constitution of Nigerian as amended. Some also said that the law didn’t state that hijabs should be removed in the constition.
At present, Amasa’s case has raised a lot of concerns from law enforcement bodies and human right organisations. Speaking with Barrister Oladimeji, he explained that the young lady should be allowed to exercise her right to religion. He further stated that her act not to remove her hijab should have nothing to do with the constitution:
“personally, I do not see anything wrong with the young lady wanting to put on her hijab for law practise. I am a Christian and this wouldn’t make me condemn others. So, the law should allow her exercise her right to religion as every citizen is expected to.”
In addition, Barrister Chiamaka Ufot reacted to the issue saying that Amasa should further press charges on the case as there are many countries of the world who allow their citizens to practise law with their religion’s garments:
“I see no reason why this is a case. There are many countries that allow such. The law is not expected to deprive the citizens of their legal rights.”
The President of Nigerian Bar Association A.B. Mahmoud vowed that the association would look into the situation:
“UK based Nigerian lawyer recognized for promoting diversity in the legal profession,” Mahmoud tweeted, posting a photo of Olufunke Abimbola, who was recently recognised by Queen Elizabeth II for her contributions to promoting diversity in the legal profession. The NBA will embrace diversity and tolerance in the Nigerian legal profession,” Mahmoud continued, adding that “the Hijab issue will be addressed.”
This case is seriously being looked into as many law firms urge the Nigerian legal profession to be fair in their judgement and also increase the pace of its religious tolerance which is one of the keys to every country’s growth and development.
Many Nigerians are worried about their family members in Libya. The tense atmosphere has instigated the federal government to work extra mile in the evacuation of Nigerians in Libya. This act has recently received huge commendations from far and wide.
In addition, more Nigerian families can now heave a sigh of relief as the federal government has commenced the evacuation of thousands of Nigerians from Libya which will continue until all those wanting to return home have done so. However, the government has shown great love for its people which is highly commendable.
In response to this, Foreign Minister, Geoffrey Onyema, explained to reporters during a visit to Tripoli that the Nigerian government wants to get its citizens home as quickly as possible. He further stated that it is now the government’s priority to bring back the Nigerians in Libya.
President Mohammed Buhari stated last year that the country is dedicated to saving the lives of the Nigerian citizens in Libya:
“The situation in Libya, of people being sold into slavery, is appalling and unacceptable. We will do everything to protect our citizens wherever they might be.” To this effect, is the newly evacuation team ready to bring more Nigerians back home.
Furthermore, one of the Nigerian citizens who returned from the Libyan narrated his ordeals. He explained how terribly they were treated:
“We didn’t take our bath for two months, and did not brush our teeth. Some of us fixed pipes to our private parts to be able to urinate. Some of us have bullet wounds. The Libyans treated us like slaves; in fact more than slaves. I don’t know how to classify the treatment. I’m a married man of 35, and graduated from the Delta State Polytechnic, Oghara-Otefe, in Business Administration Department. Most of us are wearing dreadlocks like mad men, but we are not mad. It was the United Nations, UN, that compelled them to release the migrants in secret cells.”
Furthermore, records confirmed that Nigerians have recently been the largest national group among African migrants travelling to Libya and trying to cross from there to Italy by sea. Since local armed factions and Libya’s coastguard began blocking more migrants from leaving in July last year, large numbers have been trapped in Libya, where they often face dire conditions and abuse, including forced labour.
The Federal government of Nigeria urges all citizens to desist from traveling to Italy or any other country by sea. It stated that there are many risks attached to such travelling. However, if anyone needs to travel outside the country, it should be done the proper way to avoid such calamity like the Libya.
Many educational institutions in Nigeria ended their year with fabulous Christmas parties. Christmas is celebrated on the 25th December every year. It is a Christian festival celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ and is traditionally characterised by tinsel-decorated trees, mince pies, present-giving and a turkey dinner. Families come together to eat, drink, be merry and argue over xmas TV, whereas children look forward to a visit from Santa Claus and his sack of presents.
A Muslim educator, Idrees Ismail explained that the christmas celebration in his school, Golden place College was a great one and that both Muslims and Christians celebrated in harmony:
“The Christmas celebration in my school is a great one. As you can see, both muslim and christain teachers are happy and enjoying the merriments. I am also excited celebrating prophet Issa.”
As a matter of fact, Christmas celebration in schools posed the importance of religion on many children. Speaking with an educator in Canterbury international school, Emmanuel Ige, he explained that it is really important to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ:
“By the Christian faith, we believe that the birth of Jesus Christ is far more important than anybody on planet earth. It is because by faith, we believe the birth of Christ was phenomenal and it’s meant to be celebrated.”
The pupils of the school were also excited with the celebration. Speaking with one of the pupils, Daniella Smart, she said that the celebration has helped her to know the importance of christmas:
“We are celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. I really enjoyed the celebration. I saw Santa Claus, he gave me gifts, I performed on stage and I received a medal. I am really happy.”
In addition, another pupil, Jasmine Joseph explained that she was really excited seeing Santa Claus who gave her gifts and reminds her of the birth of Jesus Christ.
Speaking with Omotola Adewole, one of the educators, she also narrated how important it is for schools to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ:
“Just like everyone celebrate birthdays, we sometimes celebrate birthday of departed loved ones. Jesus came for a special purpose, which is to die and save humanity that’s the more reason why the celebration should take place. As Christians, we celebrate his birthday and other days attached to him.. The significance of the celebration is to remember his coming to the world in flesh.”
Christians believe that Jesus is the light of the world, so the early Christians thought that this was the right time to celebrate the birth of Jesus. However, many Muslim pupils and teachers also took part in the celebration. Other countries should emulate religious tolerance and harmony to sustain peace and development.
The Nigerian health sector recently urges the federal government to impose physiotherapy across all health levels. This is majorly because most fairly old Nigerians have been observed to have poor functional bone movement.
Researches confirmed that Physiotherapy helps restore movement and function when someone is affected by injury, illness or disability. Also, Physiotherapists help people affected by injury, illness or disability through movement and exercise, manual therapy, education and advice. They maintain health for people of all ages, helping patients to manage pain and prevent disease. This is one of the major reasons why they should be functional at all levels.
As a result, Physiotherapists in Nigeria want government to consider including physiotherapy across all levels of the health sector all the way down to the primary health care level. The profession helps to encourage development and facilitate recovery, enabling people to stay in work while helping them to remain independent for as long as possible.
This issue was raised at a stakeholders’ meeting in Abuja, with participants stressing that such inclusion would help to prevent a lot of non-communicable diseases like stroke and even hypertension. Speaking at the event, president of the Nigerian society of physiotherapy, Rufai Yusuf Ahmed said physiotherapy plays a key role in prevention and rehabilitation. Ahmed believes with the right dialogue and policies, physiotherapy can be taken down to the grass roots and community levels where it is needed.
In addition, speaking with another physiotherapist, Achionu Chima, he insisted that the government should look into their request as soon as possible:
” It will be great if the government include physiotherapy across all levels of health sector. It will help to reduce quite a number of bone weakness which is rampant these days. The federal government should act fast on this, we are ready.”
As a matter of fact, Physiotherapy can make a difference in an individual’s ability to live an active, healthy lifestyle. For many seniors, disabled or chronically ill people, physiotherapy is the key to restoring and maintaining a level of physical function that permits independent living. However, Physiotherapy benefits include decreasing pain, improving joint mobility, increasing strength and coordination and improved cardio-respiratory function.
In addition, Physiotherapy offers a range of specialized services of benefit to patients with heart and lung disease, traumatic, workplace and athletic injuries, amputations, arthritic joints, stroke, brain injury, spinal cord and nerve injury, cancer and pre and post surgical needs. Nigerian physiotherapists believe that including physiotherapy at every level of health sector will go a long way to strengthen the country’s health sector.